Medaille Sports Complex Expansion Set to Increase Athletic & Academic Offerings: Top-of-the-Line Facilities Enrich Student & Community OpportunitiesPosted by Medaille College Office of Communications
Medaille College is moving forward with the second phase of development of the Medaille Sports Complex, which will greatly increase the athletic, academic and recreational opportunities available to college students and Western New Yorkers. With an expected completion date of spring 2022, Phase II development will add almost seven acres to the already robust site, including home fields for baseball and softball, an additional softball diamond, dugouts, batting cages, press boxes, scoreboards and a multipurpose turf field with lighting (for field hockey, soccer and lacrosse).
“This is an exciting development for current and future students,” says Medaille College President Dr. Kenneth Macur. “In addition to creating a state-of-the-art home for even more of our athletic teams, the increased space and resulting community partnerships will create more hands-on learning experiences for students enrolled in our sport management and sport communication programs.”
Located at 427 Elk Street in South Buffalo, the Medaille Sports Complex currently boasts a 100,000-square-foot, top-of the-line 2½ inch thick turf field — the best concussion-rated product on the market — and a 20,000-square-foot Athletics Administration Building with state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities. The complex currently serves as the home field of the Medaille Mavericks men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, in addition to offering rental and recreational opportunities to the greater community. The expanding space will allow Medaille to add women’s field hockey to its suite of 18 other competitive NCAA Division III teams, making it the only college in Western New York to offer that as a varsity sport.
The owner of the property, South Buffalo Development LLC (an affiliate of OSC Holdings) and real estate developer Jon Williams, will oversee this expansion once again, after winning the Buffalo Business First 2020 Brick by Brick Award for Phase I of the project. Often recognized as the very best in real estate, construction and development, Williams and South Buffalo Development see the Medaille Sports Complex as an integral part in the revitalization of South Buffalo.
“Our team is honored to partner with Medaille to bring the institution’s vision to life and create a vibrant space for Western New York students and community members,” says Williams. “Developing and expanding a top-of the-line recreational facility, in the heart of the South Buffalo resurgence, opens the doors for endless possibilities.”
Phase II of the Sports Complex was made possible in large part due to the $1 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant (HECap) awarded to Medaille in 2019.
Any community member or organization interested in learning about rental opportunities at the Medaille Sports Complex may visit medaille.edu/rent to submit an inquiry, or may contact Director of Athletics Susan Roarke at Susan.M.Roarke@medaille.edu. Prospective college students interested in Medaille’s wide range of academic and athletic programs may learn more and apply at medaille.edu/visit.
Pictured is the current turf field and Athletics Administration Building at the Medaille Sports Complex, along with a rendering of the baseball diamond and surrounding fields, constructed as part of the Phase II development plans.